Professionalism animations to support nurses and midwives

Published on 30 October 2017

Three animations demonstrate how nurses and midwives could use the Enabling professionalism framework to reflect on practice and challenge poor behaviour.

Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) from the four countries of the UK, supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), have today launched three animations that outline how nurses and midwives can use the Enabling professionalism in nursing and midwifery practice guide to reflect on their practice. 

The animations, which were shown for the first time at today’s Annual Regulation Conference in Scotland, show three scenarios where nurses and midwives use the ‘Enabling professionalism’ framework, launched earlier this year, to challenge bad practise and reflect on their behaviour.

Introducing the animations, Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland, said:

“Professionalism means different things to different people and whilst it can be difficult to define, it is none-the-less what unites practice and behaviour and underpins all that we do as nurses and midwives. Ultimately the professional behaviours we demonstrate, directed from a distinct body of knowledge for nursing and midwifery, help us articulate the important contribution that nurses and midwives make to outcomes for people. Enabling Professionalism should help nurses and midwives think about their daily practice as they work across systems, and the impact they have on the lives of others.”

The scenarios in the animations were developed from real life examples with the help of the project board to demonstrate the application across a range of areas of practice.

Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said:

“We want all nurses and midwives to be able to provide the best care possible. Applying the principles and standards of the Code should be at the centre of all nursing and midwifery practice. These animations can be used by nurses and midwives as a tool to help them reflect on the care they are providing and to ensure they are applying principles of professionalism in their everyday practice.”

Watch the Enabling professionalism videos.


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